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European football's governing body donates $2.3m to help children affected by migrant crisis


ST. JULIAN'S, Malta — European football's governing body is donating 2 million euros ($2.3 million) to help children affected by the migrant crisis.

UEFA agreed at a meeting in Malta to give the cash to its Foundation for Children, which was established in March.

UEFA President Michel Platini says in a statement that he hopes the donation will be a "valuable contribution to initiatives aimed at helping the living conditions of child migrants in Europe and beyond."

European teams have already agreed to give 1 euro ($1.1) for every ticket sold in this month's Champions League and Europa League matches.

The UEFA executive committee also agreed Friday that Kosovo is eligible at the organization's next congress in March to apply for full membership and the right to play in European competitions.

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